CWC working to address interior noise at H/S center

Oct 9, 2013 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Construction of the new Health and Science Center at Central Wyoming College is complete, but administrators say they'll continue making adjustments to the facility in the coming weeks until all of the kinks are worked out.

One issue already has come up in the building's auditorium, where air vents have created a noisy atmosphere for students, teachers and anyone else using the room.

"You're standing next to someone, and you can't hear what they're saying," said Ron Granger, CWC's vice president for administrative services.

He said the air circulating through the building flows directly into the auditorium without hitting any obstructions first. Plus, he said, the sound of the moving air is amplified as it bounces off of the walls and ceiling in the large room.

Workers will build an adjustable damper to control the noise.

"We won't have that big echoing sound," he said.

The air-stopping system will be adjustable, Granger added.

"If we need to run more air in there we can open it up," he said.

He plans to have someone check the noise levels in all of

the rooms of the Health and Science Center to ensure the same problem isn't present elsewhere.

"Labs are the worst in the world for making noise," Granger said. "I think we need to get them checked."

If the labs or classrooms are too noisy, Granger said sound panels could be installed throughout the building to address the problem.

"I've used those before, and they look really good," he said.

Health and sciences dean Kathy Wells thanked Granger for listening to her request for help in the auditorium.

"I appreciate the administration's quick response," she said during a CWC Board of Trustees meeting in September.

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